Nathaniel Wolfson

Professor Nathaniel Wolfson
Assistant Professor of Spanish & Portuguese
Nathaniel Wolfson
Department of Spanish & Portuguese

Nathaniel Wolfson is an assistant professor of Spanish and Portuguese and affiliated faculty of the Program in Critical Theory. He specializes in 20th and 21st-century Brazilian literature, with a focus on poetry and poetics, media studies and critical theory. His research and teaching emphasize comparative approaches, including exchanges between Latin America, the Lusophone world, Europe and the United States; literary theory and criticism; language theory; visual art; the history of technology and media; and architecture and urban studies.

He is currently working on a book entitled Poetic Circuits: Writing under the Sign of Dictatorship in Postwar Brazil that rethinks how Brazilian poets, theorists and designers in the 1950s–1970s engaged aesthetic, political and philosophical debates on semantics, technology and developmentalism. He is the editor of a special issue on the “Legacies of Concrete Aesthetics” in the Journal of Lusophone Studies (2020) and the author of various articles. Before joining the UC Berkeley faculty, he was a postdoctoral College Fellow in Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University. He received his Ph.D. and M.A., from Princeton in Spanish and Portuguese, and his B.A. from Brown in Comparative Literature.